I’m about to go on an adventure. As you are reading this newsletter, I will be doing my last minute packing, along with a group of Year 6 and Year 9 students and other staff, as we prepare for our journey to the Northern Territory to visit Robinson River. I’m both nervous and excited by the challenge. There is something in all of us that thrives when given a challenge. In the face of pain, hardship or trials, people tap into a God-given courage and resilience to do the unthinkable. Is there a part of me that feels afraid? Yes! Being courageous is not about never feeling afraid. Being resilient isn’t about never falling.
We all need courage in our lives, and not just for facing big adventures and physical dangers. Facing life’s realities – its downs as well as its ups – is one kind of daily courage we all need to learn. In my role as Chaplain, I encounter people every day who draw on courage to get them through each waking moment. Enduring sickness or grief requires courage. Dealing with unexpected life changes requires courage. Learning to cope with disability demands courage. Changing roles from being the cared for to being the carer requires courage. Standing up for what is right demands courage. It takes courage to go against the tide, and stand up for something you believe in. It takes great courage to be different. It takes courage to put yourself out there, knowing there is the chance that you will not succeed the first time, or even the second! There is a difference between the true courage of a being a leader, resisting peer pressure and standing up for what you believe in, and the false courage of accepting dares and taking foolish risks.
‘Courage is fear that has said its prayers.’ – Karle Wilson Baker
May God give us all the courage we need to do our best and be our best for Him.
‘When I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.’ Psalm 56: 3,4
Janine de Paiva
Junior School Chaplain